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  • The 2015 Best of Minnesota Readers’ Choice Awards

     
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    1. Dan Young, Lifetime Achievement honoree. 

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    2. Attendees seated at Aria. 

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    3. Bobby Hart, MNM+E; emcee John Cosgrove, VoiceHive; and Anne DeWolfe, MNM+E. 

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    4. Fabulous Catering’s noodle stir fry. 

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    5. Veggie dip cups. 

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    6. Mintáhoe’s dessert setup. 

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    7. Liquor-infused cupcakes. 

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    8. Kersten McManamon and Katie Lofrano, Discover St. Louis Park. 

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    9. Kelley Mahowald and John Groen, Canterbury Park. 

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    10. Bridget Borden, Bridget Borden Events; and Jenna Squires, American Lung Association. 

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    11. Saltee. 

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    12. Dave Musolf, Meetings + Events Media Group; Dan O’Neill, Bloomington CVB; John Connelly, National Sports Center; and Bill Perrine, Prestige Global Meeting Source. 

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    13. Devie Hagen, Élan Speakers Agency. 

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    14. Jodi Collen, Best Special Events Planner. 

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    15. Dan O’Neill. 

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    16. Meggan Reinoso and Athena Demel, Ruttger’s Bay Lake Lodge. 

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    17. Frank Soukup and Rylie Heilman, Grand View Lodge Golf Resort & Spa. 

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    18. Champagne service by Enticing Entertainment. 

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    19. Michelle Furrer and Matt Reinartz, Como Park Zoo and Conservatory. 

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    20. Kristen Babcock, Radisson Blu Mall of America. 

Three hundred meeting and event professionals gathered at Aria on March 31 for MNM+E’s 14th annual Best of Minnesota awards. Guests walked the red carpet (sponsored by Canterbury Park Catering & Events), posed at the Snapz Photo Booth and sipped bubbly from an aerial bartender (sponsored by Roseville Visitors Association). Saltee filled the main room with live music.

Local refreshments from Surly and Cannon River Winery were served, while Fabulous Catering’s heavy appetizer spread included mini lobster rolls and noodle stir fry in takeout containers. Mintáhoe Catering & Events’ decadent dessert selection ranged from cake pops to cupcakes. Attendees left with gift bags (sponsored by Mall of America and Bloomington CVB) that contained a signature DoubleTree by Hilton cookie, among other goodies. Meet Minneapolis sponsored the event’s registration. AVEX and Festivities provided the A/V (including a light-up curtain behind the stage) and décor, respectively

1. The building that is now the AAA Four Diamond-rated Kimpton Grand Hotel Minneapolis was originally constructed in 1915 as the Minneapolis Athletic Club—a high-end athletic and business club. The Grand Hotel opened in 2000 after a major renovation, and Kimpton Hotels & Restaurants took over management in 2010 and underwent a full renovation that completed in 2011.

 

Here’s the one question you might want to avoid asking Robbie Harrell when you see one of his sculptures at an event: “Is that real ice?” The CEO of Minnesota Ice Sculptures says his com - pany’s sculptures are so clear and precisely carved that they prompt that question at every event they’re displayed. “Once people realize it really, truly is carved from ice, they’re excited about it,” he says. “There are always lots of selfies with the ice sculpture.”

 

Associations North, the association for associations in Minnesota, North Dakota and South Dakota, infused excitement, creativity and innovation into its one-day Meeting Planners Symposium on Nov. 9 at Hyatt Regency Minneapolis with its open layout, new room sets, quick 30-minute sessions, hub groups and more. Keynote speaker Tamara G. Kleinberg disrupted the status quo with her “Think Sideways” presentation that introduced new tools to and generate inventive ideas.